Designer lifestyle

Sue Benson visited 248 Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, which won first prize in the Royal Surgical Aid Society’s Dementia Design Awards.Author/s: Sue Benson For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

The smell of hopelessness

When Jackie Allen started her RMN training, patients with dementia were nursed alongside others will all kinds of mental illness, in 80-bedded wards. In this first of two articles she looks back at the changes she has seen.Author/s: Jackie Allen For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full … Read more

Expressing her grief in the only way she could

Anthea Innes could see the warm, sociable lady hidden beneath Mrs G’s difficult behaviour, but others had reached a point of intolerance. The peson-centred approach came too late for her, but her story taught important lessons.Author/s: Anthea Innes For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive … Read more

Shining a light on simple, crucial details

Tracy Packer raised funds to train three nursing assistants in dementia care mapping. Afterwards she interviewed them about the experience and its effects on patient care.Author/s: Tracy Packer For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Guinea pigs in a flawed experiment

A culture of secrecy and fear in health trusts and social service departments inhibits criticism of the community care changes. But when anonymity is guaranteed, practitioners agree on many serious and worsening faults, as Roger Hadley reports.Author/s: Roger Hadley For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC … Read more

The secondary dementias

Judith Allardyce explains the symptoms, course and treatment of two brain lesions which may co-exist with or confuse the diagnosis of dementia: chronic subdural haematoma and cerebral tumours.Author/s: Judith Allardyce For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

A high-tech future?

Editorial CommentAuthor/s: Sue Benson For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Time for a fair assessment of the options

Electronic tagging devices are not a restraint but a means of alerting staff to a potential risk situation, writes Mark Wrigglesworth.Author/s: Mark Wrigglesworth For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Crucially different in principle and practice

Traditional social work skills are not only inadequate for working with people with dementia, but some basic principles may be completely different, writes Margaret Anne Tibbs. Dementia-specific training is urgently needed, she argues.Author/s: Margaret Anne Tibbs For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available … Read more

A smart move for dementia care?

We all need to keep up to date with new developments in technology, argues Mary Marshall, in order to make sure advances are used to benefit people with dementia and their carers, and not to the detriment of good care.Author/s: Mary Marshall For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. … Read more